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Wild Audiobook

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.
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Publisher's Summary

Wild is a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe - and built her back up again.

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faced down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

©2012 Cheryl Strayed (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

“No one can write like Cheryl Strayed. Wild is one of the most unflinching and emotionally honest books I've read in a long time. It is about forgiveness and grief, bravery and hope. It is unforgettable.” (Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle)

“While reading Cheryl Strayed’s stunning book about her arduous solo journey along the Pacific Crest Trail, I kept asking myself - what would I do if I were stripped bare of everything - money, job, community, even family and love? Thoreau once said, ‘In wildness is the preservation of the world.’ For Strayed, it is clear that in wildness was the preservation of her soul. She reminds us, in her lyrical and courageous memoir Wild, of what it means to be fully alive, even in the face of catastrophe, physical and psychic hardship, and loss." (Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace)

“Cheryl Strayed can sure tell a story. In Wild, she describes her journey from despair to transcendence with honesty, humor, and heart-cracking poignancy. This is a great book.” (Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace)

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    Elizabeth 01-22-15
    Elizabeth 01-22-15
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    "Decent book, terrible narrator."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Dunne’s performances?

    No. Her voice/style absolutely do not fit the author and tone of this book. It's uncomfortable to listen to, and I couldn't finish it. Her portrayal of dialogue in the story is forced, artificial, and ultimately offensive. I think she's trying to fake an accent she imagines to be western? Yikes. That's enough, Ms. Dunne.


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    JK 01-20-15
    JK 01-20-15
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    "Not so Wild about this"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was interested in reading this book before seeing the movie after hearing and reading such rave reviews of the book. After I finished the book I kind of wondered where the time went and where everyone saw the hype.


    What was most disappointing about Cheryl Strayed’s story?

    I felt that the story was slightly dull and carried on about things that weren't going to "make" the story. I loved learning about Cheryl's life and her relationships (specifically, the one with her mother) but, when it came to the actual hiking and traveling, not so much. The story was predictable. I just felt that with every struggle there was a less exciting solution. I couldn't tell if the book itself lacked in excitement or if it was the narrator. I do not think that what Cheryl did was easy by any means, I just felt as though the hype around the book inflated my expectations of her journey.


    What didn’t you like about Bernadette Dunne’s performance?

    Adding to why I felt it was disappointing, her voice was very bland which could have led me to think the story was duller than it truly was had I read it on my own. Monotoned through the whole story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I am still interested in seeing the movie. The book has some wonderful highlights and I am curious to see how they have transferred it from book to cinema.


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    Regina Russo Harrison, NY United States 01-20-15
    Regina Russo Harrison, NY United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book for walking....."
    If you could sum up Wild in three words, what would they be?

    Brutally honest journey!


    What did you like best about this story?

    how brave she was and how life did not get her down.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    She made you feel like you were there.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Already a film....so.....??


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a great book to listen to while walking...especially when you were going up hills and Cheryl was too..you then felt like..well, I can do this...she's doing THAT!

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    Mary 01-20-15
    Mary 01-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A very moving story"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. Knowing that this was a true story, that Cheryl had gone threw all of the things she shared in the story was so inspirational. I only hope that I will one day accomplish something so amazing!!

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    H. Rodriguez 01-20-15
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    "Great journey"

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was great. The story was read at a comfortable pace and the journey kept you wondering what would happen next. Watch out though you will want to go hiking after you read this book.

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    Campbell Greeneville, TN USA 01-20-15
    Campbell Greeneville, TN USA 01-20-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Impressed"

    A great memoir. Cheryl is very admirable. I thought this was a fantastic journey of self-discovery. Looking forward to the film very much!!!

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    Ashley 01-19-15
    Ashley 01-19-15
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    "Absolutely a Must-Read"

    Wild is an incredible story that I think everyone woman should read in her lifetime- scratch that- every human should read in their lifetime!

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    Jackie STONEY BEACH, MD, United States 01-19-15
    Jackie STONEY BEACH, MD, United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"

    I totally enjoyed listening to Wild. I loved the narrator and felt like I was on the journey with Cheryl.

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    Sharon 01-19-15
    Sharon 01-19-15
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    "My Life is contained in this story"

    Never have I had a book or movie touch me so profoundly. I cried from beginning to end when I watched the movie. I need to walk the walk.

    Sharon

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    Chelsea Beutler 01-17-15
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    "Inspiring but edgy"

    Inspiring story. I wish I had been warned at how many Times the "F" word was used before hand. Not something I could listen to in the car while carpooling kids around...but overall great story and great narration.

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